all thumbs

Term

All Thumbs

Definition

To be clumsy with one’s hands.

Examples

I was all thumbs when I tried to thread the needle

He was all thumbs when he tried to assemble the furniture

Origin

It is likely derived from the notion of having thumbs that are too large and unwieldy for delicate tasks.

FAQs

What does it mean to be all thumbs?

It means to be clumsy with one’s hands.

What is the origin of this phrase?

It is likely derived from the notion of having thumbs that are too large and unwieldy for delicate tasks.